Telecom authority assures that there are no health hazards from mobile tower radiation
Pune Mirror, Dec 19, 2015: With widespread fear and clamouring doubts over health hazards caused by radiation emanating from mobile towers, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is on a major damage control mission.
At a public meeting in Pune to discuss apprehensions regarding mobile towers and electro-magnetic field (EMF) radiation, officials from TRAI and the telecom enforcement, resource and monitoring (TERM) cell of the telecom department went all out to assure citizens that the central government is coming up with a dedicated portal with information about mobile towers and radiation levels.
Said K V Rao, Director – TERM, Pune region said that “There are companies and ‘experts’ trying to cash in on people’s fear about mobile towers, radiation and subsequent ill-effects on health. However, when we give permission to telecom providers to erect a particular tower, the emission of radiation is checked and only if it is within the limits of prescribed norms, is the service provider allowed to start emission.”
Agneshwar Sen, adviser, TRAI, said, “India, in 2008, adopted the guidelines prepared by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) for electromagnetic radiation from mobile towers and made radiation norms 10 times lower than the existing international standards set up by ICNIRP,” he said. + Sen added, “Till date, there is no substantial evidence which can corroborate that health hazards such as cancer occur due to mobile towers.”
He also cited several rulings where courts have rubbished petitions filed by residents and NGOs, in which claims of suspected health hazards caused by mobile towers were discussed.
When asked about reports that mobile towers are responsible for wiping out bird species, S K Gupta, principal adviser, TRAI, had a ready answer, saying, “It is not mobile radiation, but the changing landscape and rapid urbanisation that is making it difficult for birds to survive.”